Foreign visitors to Japan down 99.9 percent in April
NHK -- May 21
The number of foreign visitors to Japan plunged by 99.9 percent in April from a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that only 2,900 foreigners visited last month. The figure marks a seventh consecutive monthly decline and is the lowest since the government began keeping data in 1964, the year of the previous Tokyo Olympics.

It's also the first time the monthly total has dropped below 10,000.

There were around 300 visitors each from South Korea, Taiwan and the United States, and 200 each from China and Vietnam. Fewer than 10 visitors came from Germany, Italy and Singapore, respectively.

Japan currently bans the entry of citizens of 100 countries and territories as part of its measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The government is requesting all incoming travelers including Japanese nationals to isolate themselves for two weeks after arrival.

月を追うごとに日本を訪れる外国人の数が減っています。  観光庁によりますと、先月に日本を訪れた外国人は前の年の同じ時期に比べて99.9%少ない、わずか2900人でした。今年3月と比べても19万人以上、減ったことになります。地域別にみると、新型コロナウイルスの感染者が多いドイツ、イタリア、スペインなどの国から訪れる人が特に少なく、いずれも10人未満だということです。1月から先月までの人数は全体で390万人余りとなっていて、政府が目標に掲げている年間4000万人の達成は非常に厳しくなっています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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